Is life getting a bit hectic? With work, activities and endless to-do-lists, it’s no wonder that most of us feel rushed and anxious – and you’re not alone if you’re feeling a bit frazzled. Luckily, thanks to today’s technology, there are more options for getting things done and staying on track than ever before.
From to-do lists to travel, food to fitness, and even making a bit of extra money with a market research community, there’s an app for absolutely everything. But with millions of apps out there, it can be difficult to determine which ones will transform your life and which ones you will just make you feel more flustered.
That’s why we’ve put together this list of seven essential apps that will make your life that little bit easier. What are you waiting for? Start downloading now!
1. Wunderlist – for organisation
Need to pop to the supermarket on the way home from work? Perhaps you need to pick up a birthday card for a friend’s birthday? Or maybe there’s a work email that you keep forgetting to reply to. If you feel like you’re balancing too many plates and there’s just too much to remember, let us introduce you to Wunderlist.
From little tasks to big assignments, it’s a great all-round task management tool – and if you find yourself drowning in to-do lists, this app is an absolute life-saver. It’s easy to use, allowing you to manage lists, set reminders and keep track of important documents in one intuitive interface so you can say goodbye to that frazzled feeling for good!
2. Map My Fitness – for exercise and fitness
If you’re just getting started on your fitness journey, Map My Fitness is a great app. With hundreds of activities to track, it allows you to keep on top of your fitness goals – and the great thing about this app is that it lets you record absolutely everything you do so you can see how your everyday activities add up to a fitter lifestyle.
So from walking the dog to cleaning the bathroom, any time you start an activity, simply launch the app and record how much time you spend doing it to see exactly how many calories you are using up. Every little helps – and the beauty of this app is that because you can see that in action, you’ll be encouraged to keep up your new active lifestyle!
3. Headspace – for wellbeing
Feeling stressed or anxious? You’re not alone – in fact, three million people in the UK are thought to suffer from anxiety. If you feel like you’re running on empty, it could be time for a bit of Headspace, an app which guides you through a simple meditation practice that is guaranteed to get you sleeping better and feeling less stressed.
Meditation has an incredible number of benefits to your health. From lowering blood pressure, reducing anxiety, and even helping you to sleep more soundly, meditation is an all-round wellbeing winner. And best of all, with Headspace, you only need to give up 10 minutes of your time – perfect for all you busy bees!
4. Yolt – for money management
Are you in control of your finances or do you limp towards payday every month? If it’s the latter, you’re in good company – in fact, over half of Brits run out of cash in the lead up to payday. But the clever folks at Yolt believe that in order for people to be able to control their money, they need to understand it – and so the app was born.
Yolt is one easy-to-use app that allows you to view your current account, credit cards, savings account and pension pot all in one place so you can see exactly where your money is. They’ll also do some number crunching so you know exactly where you are spending money each month.
What’s more, if you’re caught out by direct debits or struggling with pending payments, the payday countdown also learns your habits and takes into account all the payments due before you get paid, giving you the real amount of money left for you to play with after all of your bills have been taken care of. So if you want to make 2020 the year you really manage your money, this is the app for you!
5. Elevate – for brain training
Want to train your brain and build some mental muscle? Then you need to add Elevate to your apps.
With over 40 educational expertly-devised games, Elevate can help you to track, analyse and improve your reading, speaking, listening, writing and mathematical skills.
It starts by testing your existing strengths and weaknesses, before creating a bespoke selection of games to help you hone the areas that need improvement. You only need to put in a few minutes a day to start reaping the benefits, so you’ll start to see an improvement in your skills pretty much straight away. Plus, it’s good fun, too!
6. Yummly – for meal planning
Meal planning is undoubtedly one of the best ways to save money and take back control of your shopping bill. But no matter how good your intentions, if you find yourself struggling to stick to your meal plans, you need to enlist the help of Yummly.
It allows you to customise different diets (vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, etc) as well as highlight foods that you have allergies too. You can also pick your favourite cuisine, make a note of any ingredients you don’t like and log how accomplished your cooking skills are, so they can come up with a perfect meal plan for your needs.
You’ll have lots of yummy recipes to choose from, and you can add all of the ingredients from each recipe straight to your shopping list. You can even set reminders to make sure you start prepping and cooking your food in plenty of time for dinner!
7. Habit List – for self-improvement
Need a gentle nudge in the right direction when it comes to self-improvement? Habit List is an app geared towards developing habits and reaching your personal goals. The tagline is “build a better you” – so if you need a bit of help sticking to your exercise routine or need to be reminded to file your receipts and paperwork, this is the app for you.
It’s super easy to use: all you have to do is mark down your achievements on a calendar or schedule wannabe habits, and the app will remind you of your daily tasks and send you regular progress reports to monitor how things are going. What’s more, with its user-friendly interface, it’s easier than ever before to set positive habits and start reaching your goals!
Market research with Angelfish
As well as helping you organise your life and reach your goals, did you know that you can also make money with your mobile, too? It’s true – by taking part in paid market research, such as a market research community, with Angelfish, you can make money whilst having fun. So if you fancy trying something new this year, taking part in a market research community is a fantastic way to have fun and save some pennies – all via an app! Want to find out more? Sign up to our panel today.